The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

The Odyssey: Translated by Robert Fitzgerald


By (author) Homer, Translated by Robert Fitzgerald

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 192mm x 28mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099511681
  • ISBN 13: 9780099511687
  • Sales rank: 31,750

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Penelope has been waiting for her husband Odysseus to return from Troy for many years. Little does she know that his path back to her has been blocked by astonishing and terrifying trials. Will he overcome the hideous monsters, beautiful witches and treacherous seas that confront him? This rich and beautiful adventure story is one of the most influential works of literature in the world.

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Homer is a much-debated figure traditionally considered to have composed the two great oral poems The Odyssey and The Iliad in eighth or seventh-century-BC Greece. Robert Fitzgerald was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory Emeritus at Harvard University.He was a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets.He published four volumes of his own verse during his lifetime.His translations of The Odyssey and The Iliad, and of Virgil's Aeniad, won him many honours and are universally acknowledged to be among the finest of their kind this century. He died in 1985.

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"Homer's Odyssey is still enchanting readers after thousands of years" Guardian "Surely the best and truest Odyssey in the English language" Herald Tribune "Fitzgerald is taking his place beside Chapman and Pope in the unbroken lineage of English Homeric has the economy and soar of a poet" George Steiner "A strong salty flavour of its own. And it makes you see things" C.S. Lewis "The Homeric poems are interesting...because of the way in which they present human shocks and surprises... It is the surprising twist that war brings to the domestic...which makes Homer repeatedly shocking" London Review of Books